Finding out key information from parents/carers in the induction process can provide you with great foundations for gathering the knowledge you need to make sound baseline judgements. As a child’s main carer, their opinions and observations are important and if you ask the right questions you can gather relevant and useful information to help you begin to from a picture about each child and also provide the right environment to help move their learning forward.
We have put together a few questions that you can use either through conversations with parents/carers or if you prefer a more formal approach they can be put into a questionnaire. Pick and choose the ones you prefer and also add your own.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
How inquisitive are they?
How far will they take a risk?
Do they pretend when they are playing? Please give a couple of examples
How easily distracted are they?
Will they keep trying if they don’t succeed straight away or do they tend to give up?
How good are they at solving a problem? Please give an example if you can.
PersonalSocial & Emotional Development
How do they respond to new people and new situations?
How are they when you leave them?
How do they tell you how they are feeling?
Do they usually play on their own or do they prefer to play with others?
Do they chat during their play and what sort of things do they say?
How are they getting on with learning to share and take turns?
How do they respond to rules or boundaries?
What do they usually choose to play with?
Can they choose what to play with independently or do they need your help?
Communication & Language
Do they join in with any rhymes or songs – which ones?
What is their favourite story/rhyme?
Please give an example of instructions they can follow e.g. “Get your coat.”
Which, if any, of these question words can they answer ‘who’, ‘what’ or ‘where?’ Please give an example if you can.
How many words do they usually use to communicate? (single words, a few words, sentences) Please give an example if you can.
What does your child typically do at the park?
What do they do in a large open space?
What do they do on play equipment?
What do they do with a ball?
What sort of marks do they make with drawing and writing tools?
What do they use to feed themselves and to have a drink?